This post comes from 2FNS Member, Gracie!
About 2 months ago, Adrienne and I suffered some kind of temporary madness and signed up for this year’s B.A.A. Distance Medley. This annual race sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association includes a 5k in April, 10k in June, and finally the Half Marathon in October. I was travelling in Texas at the time of sign-up, and upon clicking “submit” Adrienne immediately sent me a photo of herself with half a dozen donuts. I responded with a photo of a half-eaten Mexican pastry from a local bakery, with another $15 worth of pastries in a bag on my lap. We were clearly out of our minds.
Now that it’s 2 months later (and we are $200 poorer), the reality of these races is setting in. The 5k is just around the corner, and the 10k is following close behind. While Adrienne has been committing herself to a strict 12-week training regiment to get ready for the upcoming races, I’ve taken more of a “meh, I’ll probably be okay” approach. This kind of attitude may get me through the 5k, and maybe even the 10k (barely), but I’m going to have to kick my butt into gear if I even think I’m going to survive a half marathon. As most of you can attest to, this winter has been absolutely brutal for us runners. I could maybe get myself out there once a week, if the roads weren’t too icy and the temperature hovered above 20 degrees. The rest of the time I did the best I could in the warmth of my living room, with aerobic workout videos and 45-minute yoga sessions via Youtube. It wasn’t ideal.
Now that it is (sort of) starting to warm up, I’m hitting the streets again and getting out 2-3 times a week -- quickly assessing how far I’ve slipped since last fall. Honestly, I’m feeling good about the upcoming 5k. This will be my 5th official 5k to date, and on my weekly runs I’m able to run a respectable 5k time without much difficulty. The 10k is going to take some work, I have only ever run a 10k distance (6.2 miles) maybe twice in my life. It pushes me to my absolute limit, and it’s not something I can do easily. In the two months between the 5k in April and the 10k in June, I’ll have to focus on really getting my distances up, and becoming comfortable with a full 60+ minutes of running. I know that I’ve done it before, and with some hard work and commitment I’ll be able to do it again.
The half marathon, on the other hand, is something I can’t even wrap my head around. 13.1 miles?? Like running a 5k then running another TEN MILES? It feels impossible – although I know it’s not! I’ve got an official 12-week training regimen lined up, I’ve been talking to friends who recently ran the NYC half marathon, and I’ve been telling EVERYBODY about it, so I can’t back down now! I’m definitely still nervous and not 100% sure that I’ll be able to pull this off. Any other 2FNS who have run a half marathon in the past, what was your experience like the first time? Any tips and tricks would be much appreciated!
I now have 3 half marathons under my belt and I am signed up for my 4th this June. My first one I remember being super nervous and excited. I set a goal for myself to not worry about time whatsoever. My only goal was to keep running the whole time. I didnt want to stop to walk for anything. I was able to meet my goal and finish in 2 hrs and 7 min for the PF Chang Rock n’ Roll Half in Phoenix AZ. I would say make an attainable goal for yourself and try to stick to it. You can definitely do it! Good luck with your training 🙂
Just stay ahead of the reaper van!!
Damn that van…
You’re going to rock those races, just stick to your schedules and you will be all set to go.
Set your per mile pace time and train for that. Knowing that if you have to walk at the water stations that is ok. The goal should be to finish and feel good about it no matter the time. My first at age 56 was 2:23. That was 7 min faster than I expected. I ran with my niece and her friend and first 5 miles were at their pace, a minute faster than I was used to. I was pleased I kept up with them for that long but had to let them go as I knew I could not keep that pace and keep running and finish the race.
Also, If you are consistent with training, you do not have to run 13.1 miles before the race. Be consistent with 10 miles and you will be able to do the other 3. The race adrenaline keeps you going. It is fun. Hard work, but you will feel good after you accomplish it.
Thanks for the tips and encouragement everyone! It’s just such a different experience to run that distance… Do I have to start being one of those people that carries water bottles and energy shots with me while I run?? I think I do!!
For that distance- yes or add the energy substance powder to the liquid